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  Muriel & Harold Block MJHS Hospice ResidenceMuriel & Harold Block MJHS Hospice Residence

Owner’s Representative

Calgi Construction Company, Inc.
56 Lafayette Avenue, #350, White Plains, NY 10603

General Description

Location: Bronx, New York
Date Bid: Mar 2011
Construction Period: Oct 2011 to Oct 2013
Total Square Feet: 12,500 Site: 1 acre. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 12,500; total, 12,500 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 9’; total, 9’.
Basic Construction Type: Interior Remodel/Fit-Out.
Foundation: N/A Exterior Walls: N/A Roof: N/A Floors: Tile, resilient.
Interior Walls: Gypsum.

Project Team

Architect: Geddis Architects - P.O. Box 1020, Southport, CT 06890
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: C & F Consulting Engineering, PC - 420 N. Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603
General Contractor: Monterey Construction Corp. - 3 Springside Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810
Asbestos Abatement Contractor: Faith Environmental, Inc. - 333 Paterson Plank Road, Carlstadt, NJ 07073
Expeditors: James McDonald, LTD - 225 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Located in the Bronx, New York, the Muriel and Harold Block MJHS Hospice Residence is the first residential hospice of its kind in New York City. Not an inpatient unit, the top floor of an existing, fully occupied 1971 high rise apartment house has been reconstructed to meet the needs of hospice care by providing 16 apartments plus family spaces. The first apartment setting for this not-for-profit client, a leader in the hospice arena for 35 years, is a long term lease with another nonprofit.

The entrance sequence is marked by a small water feature. But the central focus is the quality of each studio alcove apartment. These apartments (four are corner units with balconies) have individual kitchens and bathrooms, as well as roll out sofa beds. Welcoming families to stay is a major commitment. Several alternative living spaces for families include a library, a quiet meditation space, a dining room and participatory kitchen. These community spaces are located at strategic points in the plan.

Essential to the plan is a bathing spa with natural light, hydrotherapy and showering are, as well as a massage suite. The area has an illuminated decorative skylight, exterior daylight, as well as a decorative ceiling.

Transforming the existing building's low ceilings, dark colors and long corridors, this serene residence uses color and materials intended to be subtle and comfortable using warm light neutrals, much natural wood and maximizing daylight.

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